Sometimes your budget just doesn't allow for you to have a wedding planner and I get it, but when you comes to your wedding day I believe you should still be coming to it prepared for anything. That is why today I'm sharing my wedding emergency kit must haves along with some other details I think every bride should have. 


Emergency Kit Must Haves

  • emery board
  • clear nail polish
  • nail polish remover pads
  • nail clipper
  • cotton swabs
  • earring backs
  • tweezers
  • blotting tissues
  • a folding hair comb/brush
  • hair spray
  • clear elastics
  • bobby pins
  • static remover
  • wrinkle remover
  • corsage pins
  • safety pins
  • lint brush
  • super glue
  • stain treating towelettes
  • emergency tape strips
  • mending kit
  • folding scissors
  • sandpaper for scuffing new shoes
  • doses of pain reliever
  • doses of antacid
  • breath freshener
  • lip balm
  • single-use dental floss
  • adhesive bandages
  • regular tampons
  • deodorant towelettes
  • hand lotion
  • blister balm
  • extra wedding bands
  • a "something blue
  • a lucky sixpence shoe decal
  • note pad
  • pen
  • last-minute vows
  • emergency toasts
  • facial tissues
  • pocket mirror
  • drinking straw (to keep that lipstick in place)
  • and a wedding day checklist
  • hanger for wedding dress
  • your wedding stationary
  • color cordinated ring box

The top 5 Wedding Favors your Guests will LOVE

Let's get real for a moment here; I don't like wedding favors, but I'm not just talking about any wedding favor I'm talking about the wedding favors that were thrown together in a hurry and have a thoughtless feeling. At the end of the night when all of your guests have gone home do you know where your favors that were left behind end up? In the TRASH! Yep, that's right the favors you spent money on are now left on tables for clean up and get thrown away unless you have told someone otherwise. The little tin full of chocolate... trash! They all have ended up in the trash; now I'm not saying these are garbage I actually love the idea of guests leaving with a little momento from the day, but for some reason your guests forget about them all together even after the DJ has made an announcment to not forget to grab your favor. So I wanted to make a blog post that will help you pick a favor that they won't leave behind, these five I have had at weddings that weren't left behind and some guests asked for extras!

1. Cookies! - An edable treat that you can't go wrong with! Melissa & Daren's wedding was all about their last name and their cookies represented that each place setting had a heart cookie and all were taken at the end of the night though we made sure to save some of the extras for the bride & groom. 

2. A Potted Plant - Honestly Kailey & Chris's wedding was AMAZING if I do say so myself the guests loved every moment of it and I had never recieved so many complaments and so much love from one wedding. The guests also LOVED their potted succulents there wasn't a single one that was left behind on the table and it made clean up so much easier!

3. Personalized Name Tile - I've always loved a more personalized place setting and adding a tile adds a little more to your over all design. These beautiful itialian marble tiles were made by Sadelin Designs from a floral crown workshop I attended that LC Floral Design Hosted. It was a really sweet personal youch that was unexpected and one I have in my office still. 

4. Donuts, Candy & Midnight Snacks! - Ok these abviously aren't momentos from a wedding day but food is a wonderful gift to your guests esspecially at the end of the night when everyone has had a few drinks and starting to run on an empty stomach. 

5. Branded Coffee & Tea - I'm a HUGE coffee fan so I wouldn't mind seeing a beautiful table display full of wedding favors with some coffee to go for the morning after the wedding. 

I hope you enjoyed our wedding favors post and found some inspiration for your own wedding day. Cheers!

Advice from Real Brides

Let's face it weddings have mishaps all the time and the planning process isn't an easy one. I've put togther some advice from a hand full of different brides {not all my own} that you can learn from and threw in some advice from myself so hopfully you won't make the same mistake{s} as the rest of us.

"Just because a wedding vendor is on a reputable wedding website doesn't mean they are a legit wedding vendor. Do your research I didn't and found a videogrpher on a popular site thinking he will do an amazing job. Months later I come to find out he was scamming couples and countless others out of their money and wedding videos, after nearly 6 months of asking for our video we finally got it with the wrong wedding date and mess of a video."

2015 BRIDE

"My one piece of advice to a newly engaged bride is to try not to take on too many DIY projects before the wedding. While DIY can be fun and thrifty, it can also be overwhelming and stressful trying ensure all your projects are done in time for the wedding. It’s important to find a balance between taking projects on yourself and leaving things to the professionals. Hiring people to do things for you when you start to get overwhelmed can really alleviate some of the stress that comes with planning. Your wedding will come and go before you know it, so make sure you don’t book up all your time with projects and take time to actually enjoy this time of celebration and make positive, lasting memories. Remembering what the celebration is really about and spending time and having fun with your fiancé and family is more important than the money you will save with DIY." 

2016 BRIDE

"Hire a profesional wedding photographer! Looking back on my wedding day there was something I did oh so wrong, I went cheap on some things that were at the top of my "must" list. Chalk it up for being a young bride or uneducated but I hired a friend to photograph our wedding thinking there was no difference between a portrait photographer and a wedding photographer but I was WRONG! He came unprepaird and partied needless to say that friendship ended and we were missing many wedding photos with important family members." 

 2008 BRIDE

"Hire a wedding planner, there are so many times I would have lost my cool or had not be present in the day to day if I didn't hire my wedding planner Marie. Having someone who can represent you in person at vendor meetings or on the day of when you cannot be present relieves so much stress. Also just having a professional and experienced planner by your side to guide you through the process is invaluable my husband even said I don't know what we would have done if Marie wasn't there to help."

2016 BRIDE

"When we first started planning our wedding a videogrpher wasn't a priority and looking back I'm not even sure if it made the list. If I could go back I'd hire a videographer; I always thought I'll never watch the video, but now I wish I would have gotten it to look back on the day with my husband and our kids."

2014 BRIDE

"In the end, I'd say my biggest piece of advice is "don't forget what the day is really about, the two of you". Wedding planning is stressful and overwhelming don't forget the beauty of why you're marrying your partner because in the end the rest falls away and after the day is done it's the two of you. We had planned an outdoor wedding and chose our venue for the outdoor space. The weekend before was 90 degrees and the day before was sunny and 75 in October. Our wedding day poured rain ALL day. We were both disappointed but none of our family members seemed to mind and everyone just kept talking about our vows. So while it wasn't the way we planned the core of the day was our love for each other and that's what mattered"

2016 BRIDE

"Make a seating chart BUT do it the right way. I regret not making our seating chart in alphabetical order and making it by table number. It looked beautiful, but it took our guests twice as long to look for their names. "

2015 BRIDE